Chicago school officials and the mayor have a mantra: CPS is broke. CPS has a deficit of $1 billion dollars.

With that rationale, CPS lays off thousands of teachers and closes dozens of schools.

But at the same time that officials plead poverty, they still find the money to do what they want to do.

Here is this Chicago blogger’s top ten.

It includes the bizarre expenditure of $1.6 million for Teach for America at the same time that CPS is laying off veteran teachers.

There may be others.

And the list doesn’t even touch on frivolities like a new $55 million stadium.

True, it is not from the school budget, but then Chicago has mayoral control and the mayor funds what he favors.